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The First Annual MLB Draft Timeline

In 2003, the Seattle Mariners drafted Adam Jones 37th overall with the final pick in the first round of the Rule 4 Draft, more commonly known as the First Year Player Draft, or simply the MLB Draft. Ten years later, he is arguably the best player taken in that first round, with apologies to Rickie Weeks. So how were 36 players selected before Jones, including some guy named Kyle Sleeth, who the Tigers took ...

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WSD: Theo tells it like it is

The original article appeared on World Series Dreaming. There was an article on the Tribune earlier that I couldn't read because they're a bunch of lame-os and decided to put everything behind a paywall.  Thanks a lot, you elitist pigs.  Anyway, thanks to Bleacher Nation and Phil Rogers, we have an excerpt of David Haugh's interview with Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein.  Here's what Theo ...

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In The Loop with Ed Edens: 2013 MLB Preview Part 2

In The Loop is the perfect podcast for anyone who cares too much about Chicago sports. Ed breaks down everything in the world of baseball, basketball, football and hockey... and then some, all from a fan's perspective. In the second of a mega-three-part podcast, Ed and special guest Chas Straface discuss some changes in the Cubs organization and work their way through the rest of the National League Central ...

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Breaking Down a Potential Trade for David Price

  Last Thursday, I wrote about the moves the Cubs have made over the last 12 months and took a look at some moves going forward with their rebuilding process. I really went to an extreme, formulating a deal for Giancarlo Stanton (which was, in retrospect, a complete joke) and envisioning a free agency signing of Hanley Ramirez. One of the more believable potential trades I mentioned was for Tampa Bay’s ...

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The State of the Chicago Cubs Franchise: 2012 in Review

The 2012-2013 Major League Baseball offseason is more than halfway over, and another spring is about to arrive without a big name like Hamilton or Greinke appearing on the back of a Cubs jersey. While the casual fan might be upset by this thought, I’m here to tell you that the Theo Rebuilding Plan is in full swing and the front office brain trust has kept the franchise on the right track. Taking a look at h ...

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Jackson, Vitters signals new stage in Cubs’ rebuilding process

When Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over the baseball operations for the Cubs, they gave their whole disclaimer to Cubs fans about how the rebuilding process would take time and how they plan to build through the minor league system. While the rebuilding process is still in action, Cubs fans will at least now get to see a large part of the team’s future at the MLB level, as highly regarded prospects Brett ...

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The Cubs must trade Matt Garza

The Cubs must trade Matt Garza While Ryan Dempster is the pitcher mentioned frequently in trade talks as the trade deadline approaches, Matt Garza is the pitcher the Cubs should be actively pushing to other teams.  The move didn’t make sense when Jim Hendry shipped off five players, including top prospects Hak-Ju Lee and Chris Archer, for the Tampa Bay pitcher prior to the 2011 season. The Cubs were likely ...

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STARLIN CASTRO’S PROBLEMS ADD-ING UP

Immediately after it happened baseball observers were heard chastising Starlin Castro over his latest stinker of a play. On Monday, Castro committed a critical mental error when he forgot (or didn’t know) how many outs there were and failed to attempt a double-play. The San Francisco Giants' announcers reacted as if Castro had defecated all over a Willie Mays jersey and the internet, including Chicago media ...

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Hope for the Future: Theo Epstein

Theo Epstein is good. From his humble, brief beginnings in San Diego, to his two World Series victories in Boston, it is clear that he is a game-changer. Epstein sees the game differently, placing value in the right places, and taking chances when he needs to. The baseball teams in Boston and Chicago are similar in some ways, yet so different in others. They each have a huge market, which means big money an ...

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